Lungile Hlatshwayo, of Letsibogo Girls High School in Meadowlands, is Soweto's shining star and the toast of her peers.
The 18-year-old cleaned the slate when she obtained eight distinctions in this year's matric exams.
To top it all, she obtained a 100 percent pass in mathematics and intends to study electro-mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town.
Close behind her were the Shangase twins, 17-year-old Mzameni and Zamokwakhe, of Kelokitso Comprehensive High School in Meadowlands.
Zamokwakhe scooped six distinctions, including 100 percent in mathematics. His brother scored three distinctions.
"He is the clever twin for now but the battle will continue at university next year," said Mzameni.
Zamokwakhe said they hoped to obtain bursaries to study further after taking turns to burn the midnight oil.
"We did not want to put pressure on each other, so I slept while my brother studied at night and read when he went to bed at dawn," said Zamokwakhe.
Zamokwakhe is also the number one pupil at Kelokitso Comprehensive High School.
It was also a great year for KwaDendangedlale High School in Zola.
Deputy principal Phillip Mabalane said the school had received a 99 percent pass rate.
"Only one pupil failed in our school this year," he said.
Mabalane said the high pass rate was because of hard work, discipline and dedication from the teachers, pupils and parents.
The number one pupil at the school, Nosipho Myeni, obtained one distinction, five Bs and a C.
Nosipho said she was hoping for financial aid to study metallurgical engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mbali Nkosi, 18, of Dube, obtained six distinctions and has been provisionally accepted to study law at Wits.
At St Matthews High School in Rockville, out of 152 candidates, 151 passed.
Vice-principal Morris Motsepe said 117 pupils had qualified for university entrance.
"All the hard work from parents, teachers and pupils has paid off," he said.
Lundi Mlanduli, 17, of St Matthews, got top honours at his school with three distinctions, including a 100 percent pass in mathematics.
Lundi said he was hoping for financial aid to study business science in finance at the University of Cape Town.
Dineo Molefe, 18, of Reasoma Secondary School, obtained two distinctions and wants to study computer science at Wits.
The Sibisi brothers, Nkosinathi, 19, and Zwelibanzi, 17, of Zola, said they were happy with their exemptions.
"We studied hard and we hope to receive bursaries to study civil and mechanical engineering respectively at the University of Johannesburg next year," said Nkosinathi.